Steering Council

The Steering Council oversees all aspects of the workings of the Network. The terms of reference for the Steering Council are as follows:

  1. Ensure that the Vision and Mission of the SPOR Network are fulfilled through a strategic, accountable, committed leadership and management functions;
  2. Through the skill-based and partnership governance structure, create the highest quality oversight, communication, support and guidance for the conduct of the patient-oriented research goals using best (corporate) governance principles;
  3. Develop appropriate agreement and memorandum documents articulating terms suitable for membership in the SPOR Network including specific description of participation and co-investment of resource (time, expertise, infrastructure and revenues);
  4. Enable strict financial oversight using standard accounting and auditing measures;
  5. Promote strategic partnership relationships with inaugural (core) and new members (academic, public and private) of the SPOR Network with sensitivity to balancing gender, age, language (French, English);
  6. Incorporate local academic and clinical nodes of the Network in strategic project development, implementation and evaluation;
  7. Monitor governance performance including excellence and sustainability of the leadership, management and engagement of the participating members;
  8. Manage conflict of interest through appropriate processes including necessary agreements establish for all aspects of governance and research partnerships.

Members of the Steering Council

king-malcolmKing, Malcolm (Steering Council Chair)
Scientific Director, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research

Boileau, Luc
President-Director General
Institut National d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS)

Finegood, Diane
Centre for Dialogue and Semester in Dialogue
Simon Fraser University

Gray, Ross
Patient Representative

hux-jan-pngHux, Jan
President and CEO
Diabetes Canada
Patient Representative

prowten-daveProwten, Dave
President and CEO
JDRF Canada
Patient Representative

sissmore-debbieSissmore, Debbie
Patient Representative

sullivan-terrenceSullivan, Terrence
Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health (CADTH)

witteman-hollyWitteman, Holly
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Université Laval
Patient Representative

 Baird, Roslynn
Executive Director
Indigenous Diabetes  Health Circle

*Additional Members – TBA


Jean-Pierre DesprésDesprés, Jean-Pierre
Co-Academic Lead, Diabetes Action Canada;
Professor of Kinesiology, Université Laval

 Lewis, Gary
 Co-Academic Lead, Diabetes Action Canada;
Director, Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC)
University of Toronto

Whiteside, Catharine
Executive Director, Diabetes Action Canada;
Professor Emerita & Former Dean of Medicine
University of Toronto

Administrative Support to the Steering Council:

mlMildred Lim
Business Officer, Diabetes Action Canada

Tracy McQuire
Manager Research Operations, Diabetes Action Canada

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